11/10/16
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Ohio EPA Holds Public Hearing to Discuss Avon Lake Power Plant

Public Comment Period Ends Nov. 22

Ohio EPA is accepting public comments on a draft air pollution control permit-to-install for the Avon Lake Power Plant. The modified draft permit that requires an update to allow the facility to meet U.S. EPA’s more stringent emissions requirements for the 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) standard, set by U.S. EPA in 2010.

A public information session and hearing will be held on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake. The public is encouraged to submit comments for the record, through testimony or in writing, concerning the power plant’s proposed modification to the draft permit-to-install. To access information to explain the proposed changes, visit: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/Portals/27/sip/so2/Signed_DRR_Sources_Letter.pdf.

The administrative permit establishes a federally enforceable modification that will limit SO2 emissions at the facility. Ohio EPA is modifying Avon Lake Power Plant’s permit-to-install to reduce the existing level of permitted sulfur dioxide emissions. A few options are available to large emitters (those that emit more than 2,000 tons per year) to reduce emissions. Avon Lake Power Plant elected to make a change in their permit in order to meet the stricter federal requirements. Cutting these emissions will lower the amount of SO2 in the air in the city of Avon Lake, as well as the Cleveland metropolitan area.

When considering comments for the public hearing, Ohio EPA does not have regulatory authority over issues such as siting, eminent domain, setbacks to homes, schools, businesses, noise levels, traffic, zoning or property value effects, but the Agency will accept comments related to the Avon Lake Power Plant permit-to-install currently under consideration.

Written comments are given the same weight as oral testimony presented at the hearing. Written comments must be received by close of business on Nov. 22. Comments can be mailed to Ohio EPA Northeast District Office, Corey Kurjian, 2110 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, OH.44087, or via email, corey.kurjian@epa.ohio.gov.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.


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